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  1. Roofing: One of the Most Dangerous Jobs in the United States

    According to the 2016 Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries (released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics), roofers have the fourth most dangerous job in America. For every 100,000 workers, there were 48.6 fatal accidents in 2016. Roofing involves a great deal of climbing, heavy lifting, bending, and kneeling in extremely hot weather. Serious accidents occur due to slips, trips, and falls, often resulting in minor to severe injuries that lead to missed work days. Our…

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  2. Is Your Construction Site Prepared for June’s National Safety Month

    Construction professionals across the nation should be focused on reducing injury and death rates at their jobsites daily. However, during the month of June, which is National Safety Month, special emphasis is placed on four areas of safety to ensure that “No 1 Gets Hurt!” Roofers are exposed to many risks while working at dangerous heights, engaging in frequent climbing, and working in the scorching heat. This is why they suffer a higher rate of…

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  3. Burn Safety Awareness for Roofers

    Roofing is a dangerous profession. Roofers are more likely to experience a work-related injury or fatality compared to the average worker. Workplace burns are among those risks, but through awareness, hazard prevention, and protection, burn incidents can be dramatically reduced. Roofers can experience burns from transferring hot tar, tripping over buckets, falling into tar kettles, and so on. Workers also experience electrical burns when working near power lines. In this article, our roofing attorneys in…

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  4. 3 Practical Safe Driving Tips for Roofing Contractors

    Roofing is dangerous work. Typically, when you hear about construction jobsite accidents, falls top that list. Working at heights is not the only hazard that roofers face. June is National Safety Month. Each week of the month, companies should focus on a specific topic to emphasize the importance of safety in the workplace. Driving is the topic for week three. Our roofing lawyers in Illinois would like to provide some practical safe driving tips. Pre-Trip…

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  5. The Importance of Harness Safety

    For many roofing jobs, a personal fall arrest system is necessary. This is a more formal way of saying that the worker should be wearing a harness. Although some jobs in lower elevation on flatter roofs do not require a harness, a personal fall arrest system should always be applied on larger scale jobs that involve steeper roofs and more challenging elements at greater heights. If you are a roofer, you need to utilize safety…

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  6. Solar Canopies Can Create Green Cities

    As the market for solar power continues to grow at a rapid rate in the residential sector of Florida, downtown districts are often overlooked when it comes to providing residents with solar energy. There may be a solution on the horizon that will make it much easier for inner cities to access renewable energy and significantly reduce their electric bill. In fact, you may even say that city dwellers will have their desire to go…

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  7. Roof Brackets and Safety Precautions

    There is no mistake that safety is a paramount concern in the roofing industry. Falls are the primary cause of death for construction workers. Roofing professionals are obviously at the forefront of this safety concern. Often elevated at great heights and working in various challenging conditions, construction companies need to implement the best safety and precaution practices to protect their roofers from falls. Along with the health and safety risks, a safety citation from OSHA…

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  8. NRCA’s New and Exciting Training Program

    At Cotney Construction Law, we are dedicated to bridging the skills gap. Along with the right guidance from construction organizations, professionals, and a roofing attorney in Georgia, we can meet the labor demand for the future. The National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) will be fundamental in this process with a new training program that will aim to educate and certify skilled workers. In fact, as one NRCA board member declared, this could be a “gamechanger”…

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  9. Extreme Weather and Roofing Part 4

    From massive natural disasters to gradual damage from sun and precipitation, the weather has a major impact on roofs. This four-part article went over extreme storms in Part 1 and Part 2, while Part 3 covered signs of more long-term weathering. Today in Part 4, our roofing attorneys in Alabama will conclude with a few additional signs of weathering and provide some valuable tips for avoiding post-storm OSHA violations. Signs of Wear and Aging Briefly…

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  10. Extreme Weather and Roofing Part 3

    Extreme weather can wreak massive damage on a roof, depending on the type of storm and of course the roof’s integrity. In Part 1 and Part 2 of this four-part article, we examined four different types of extreme weather, and how they can impact roofs and your roofing business. Today in Part 3, our roofing attorneys in Georgia will focus on long-term weather damage and how you can help customers identify a roof that needs…

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